Patuxent Wildlife Research Center scientists are currently conducting research
on a wide variety of scientific topics. To view and search Patuxent's projects
and other work by USGS staff, click on the following link: Research
Banding Laboratory – Providing numbered leg bands to bird banders
and managing huge databases of bandings and recoveries essential for many
migratory bird management and research applications (in partnership with the
Canadian Wildlife Service).
Bird Survey – Monitoring the status of breeding bird populations
in the United States and Canada (in partnership with the Canadian Wildlife
Service): data, analyses, analytical software, information for participants.
The North American Bird Phenology Program - houses a unique and largely forgotten collection of six million Migration Observer Cards that illuminate migration patterns and population status of birds in North America.
Collections – Acquisition and curation of scientific reference specimens
(in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution).
Crane Restoration – Captive propagation and release of whooping
cranes to the wild.
Resources and References
Identification: The Patuxent Wildlife Research Center provides some learning
tools for bird identification. These tools include: Patuxent's
Bird ID InfoCenter, Patuxent
Bird Quiz, Bird
Identification Tips, and Seasonal
Population Studies – a variety of useful resources derived from
Patuxent migratory bird projects.
of North America” Usage Tool – reference tool for this indispensable
series of bird “biographies” published by The Birds of North America.
Bird without an equal: Georgia's Painted Buntings –
Website presenting the story of Georgia's Painted Buntings.
– A bibliographic database of North American waterfowl (Anatidae) and
their wetland habitats.
Bird Data from the Bureau of Biological Survey
Analysis Software – a variety of downloadable, statistical tools for
analyzing bird or other population data
Databases – Breeding Bird Survey,
Breeding Bird Census,
Avian Point Counts, Breeding Bird Atlas
Atlantic Seaduck Project: Movements, Habitat Use, and Feeding Ecology of Seaducks
and Ecotoxicological Characteristics of Terrestrial Vertebrates Residing in
Estuaries - summary of useful information in selecting sentinels for contaminant
Exposure and Effects-Terrestrial Vertebrates database - searchable database
containing over 17,000 geo-referenced data records describing contaminant
exposure and effects in free-ranging terrestrial vertebrates in coastal and
estuarine habitat in the United States.
Black Duck Joint Venture Projects
Wild Bird Avian Influenza Program
Wind Power-Related Research Projects at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center